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Great Hill
Tamworth, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.

Looking up the trail to Great Hill

With a lunar eclipse and mostly clear skies, I had to get out. Arriving at the Great Hill parking lot, I was somewhat surprised to see no one else was there - I figured the place could be quasi-mobbed on a night like this.

I ended up doing the second half of the hike without my headlamp, as the remaining moonlight was more than enough to illuminate the trail. Since the trail is groomed regularly, I was able to bareboot the entire hike.

Arriving at the summit tower, I could see that there was still a bit more to go before the moon was going to be covered. The lights at Cranmore were particularly neat to look at, as it looked like a set of random lights leading into the sky.

I hung out in the fire tower for about 45 minutes with my camera set up on a clamp. While it would have been nice have witnessed the entire eclipse, the winds started to pick up a bit and I was getting cold (and impatient). Nonetheless, it was a nice thing to witness.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Great Hill
Length: Easy
Steepness: Easy
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Hike Commenced: 9:25 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,020'
Destination: Great Hill
Ascent Commenced: 9:26 PM
Summit Reached: 9:37 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:11
Trailhead Elevation: 1,025'
Summit Elevation: 1,270'
Vertical Gain: 250'
Hike Ended: 10:35 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:10
Hike Vertical Gain: 260'

Trailhead to Great Hill summit

The lunar eclipse as seen from the Great Hill fire tower

The lunar eclipse as seen from the Great Hill fire tower

Directions to trailhead: Take Great Hill Road from Tamworth Village. Parking area a few miles up once road turns to dirt. Trail to firetower starts at orange gate on uphill side of parking area.

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